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#IND2018 Politics And Nursing By Kareem Oluwagbemiga Light by katty : May 07, 2018, 03:02:13 PM
Nursing is a political activity, in the broadest sense of word politics is a part of all nursing live. According to Mason et all(2007) he defined Politics as the process of influencing the allocation of scarce resources. Knowledge of political system is vital if nurses are to be effective in influencing and allocate health care resources.
 
Many Nigerian nurses are uncomfortable with the idea of politics, seeing it as a distraction from their core purpose of care delivery. Nurses face constant difficulties placing their work on the political agenda. Nurses are very unproductive and toothless when it comes to politics but the role of politics can not be over emphasized in every aspect of nursing at macro and micro level.
 
WHY DO NURSES NEED TO BE POLITICALLY ACTIVE
Every nurse can and should learn the ABC's of politics and power as the first step to personal and professional empowerment. The following reasons state why a Nurse need to be politically active;
 
1. So That Nurses Can Represent The Interest Of The Profession: Most nurses are experiencing or have experienced a period where there have been health care cutbacks, wages freezes, working without a contract, decreases to hospital funding, strikes. When we vote or been engaged in any political offices we support, fight for general interest and reinforce the importance for our dear profession(Nursing). Political activity gives Nurses chances to represent and advocate for the professional values.
 
2. It Help The Nurse To Advocate For the Patients: For me, the most important reason to be politically active is because politics is a means for nurses to advocate for patients which is clearly stated in the Functions  of a community health Nurses by the WHO. Advocacy is very important for nurses because social justice is a core value of nursing profession. When we work in the clinical settings, we can help one patient at a time and this work is central to our profession. When we vote or been voted for, sign a petition or participate in any political event we can potentially help thousands of people at a time.
 
There are numerous reason why Nurses need to stand up politically and fight for the benefits and interest of the profession. Let's stand for equal distribution and allocation of health resources amongst members in the society rather been selfish, having centralized phobia( Me, my family and my work only) . Let's engage in political campaigns, movement and political research that will enlighten us and the society at large.
   
Finally, political activity takes the work of nurses from been a discrete event in one settings and raise it to a societal level.
   
Happy international Nurse's Week. May 6-12th.
 
This article is dedicated to Florence Nightingale a political Activist, the only woman who fought vigorously and passionately for Nursing Profession. The Mother Of Nursing Science
 
Name: Kareem Oluwagbemiga Light.
School: Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma Edo State
Department: Nursing department.
Level: 400L
 
#TeamNurseWithaDifference
 
References: American journal, America Nursing Association etc.
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